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Whether it was an artist’s intuition or simply the predictions of a cynic, John Lennon knew that radio stations would ban one Beatles song, in particular, as soon as they got wind of the lyrical content. In fact, Lennon’s convictions were so strong that he insisted Apple press the vinyl before they started any publicity for the track.

As it turns out, Lennon was right. Although the Beatle wrote the “Ballad of John and Yoko” as a romantic ode to his wife, Yoko Ono, the creative liberties he took with the song’s chorus led to radio stations across the U.S. and U.K. banning the track from airplay—just as he expected they would. (We should also note that this was not the first Beatles song that radio stations banned in the 1960s.)
Lennon and Ono’s Journalistic Love Song

John Lennon married his second wife, Yoko Ono, on March 20, 1969, in Gibraltar, Spain. The events leading up to the ceremony were tumultuous at best, as Lennon describes in the “Ballad of John and Yoko.” Opting to forgo metaphors and write plainly, Lennon described how he and his future bride tried to wed in various countries in Europe to no avail.

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Paul McCartney has written numerous classic songs, working in a range of genres. Whether it’s The Beatles’ mop-top hits, Wings’ trip to Nigeria, or his own solo electronic diversions – we’re looking at you, ‘Temporary Secretary’ – the Liverpool-born songwriter has a near unrivalled catalogue.

Recently, his song ‘Blackbird’ has re-entered the public consciousness. Covered by Beyonce on her album ‘Cowboy Carter’, the Texas-born star reinvents the song, claiming its central narrative of Black feminine power as her own.

Famously written as an ode to the women of the Civil Rights movement in the United States, ‘Blackbird’ has become a go-to for anyone looking to learn finger-picking on the guitar – beautiful in its simplicity, it boils down some effective techniques into something that is incredibly contagious.

Initially released on ‘The White Album’, the song came as The Beatles experimented with different modes of songwriting. This one seems to have stuck, however, with Paul McCartney later returning to it, and penning a sequel – of sorts.

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Ringo Starr, the legendary drummer of The Beatles, has amassed an impressive net worth of approximately $350 million as of 2024, according to the best online sources.

This substantial wealth is a testament to his enduring success in the music industry, acting, narration ventures, and various investments. Starr’s financial achievements place him among the wealthiest musicians and celebrities in the world, solidifying his status as an icon in the entertainment industry.  As the drummer for The Beatles, Ringo Starr played a crucial role in shaping the band’s distinctive sound and contributing to their unprecedented success.

The Beatles’ massive popularity and record sales have significantly impacted Starr’s net worth, as he continues to receive royalties and earnings from the band’s music sales and licensing. Starr’s unique drumming style and on-stage presence were integral to the band’s appeal, cementing his place in music history. Following the disbandment of The Beatles in 1970, Ringo Starr embarked on a successful solo career, releasing numerous hit singles and albums. Songs like “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Photograph,” and “You&rsquo details

The Beatles made their reputation on the strength of their sterling songwriting ability. But they also knew how to present a song, as the four members of the group, in conjunction with producer George Martin, understood that a memorable instrumental part to start a song could make a huge difference.

Here are five Beatles songs, all of which are undeniable classics, that start with an instrumental bang.


“A Hard Day’s Night”

Maybe The Beatles knew they needed something iconic here because they were starting off not just a song, but also an album and a movie. Perhaps that’s where that strangely wonderful chordal blast emanated. By the way, if you’re trying to find the exact chord that’s being played, you’re kind of barking up the wrong tree. There are actually a few instruments in the mix and they’re all playing something a little bit different. It all added up to the aural equivalent of a colorful starter’s pistol, one that propelled the Fab Four into cinema stardom.
“I Feel Fine”

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Paul McCartney Didn't Say 1 'Sensible Word' After Brian Epstein Die. In 1967, The Beatles’ longtime manager, Brian Epstein, died, leaving Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr to handle themselves. According to an associate of the band’s, David Puttnam, Epstein did a great deal to hold them together. After Epstein died, Puttnam said the band’s ability to make good decisions fell apart.

After Epstein’s unexpected death, The Beatles were left to manage themselves. Puttnam, who became a film producer, said the band lacked “stability” when they lost their manager.

“I remember the moment that Brian died,” Puttnam said in the book All You Need Is Love: The Beatles in Their Own Words by Steven Gaines and Peter Brown. “Oh God, they seemed to begin to be entirely self-destructive, entirely. From that moment onwards, I don’t remember hearing from Paul a sensible word, not one, single … I don’t remember a cohesive idea was followed through.”

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Paul McCartney and John Lennon were on decidedly bad terms after The Beatles broke up. McCartney sued his bandmates to take control of their catalog from their manager, Allen Klein. The other three Beatles resented him for this, and their interactions following the split were chilly. After a phone argument with Lennon, McCartney made a mistake that only made things worse.

Paul McCartney made an uncomfortable mistake after a fight with John Lennon

As the former members of The Beatles worked their way through the lawsuit, Lennon made it clear to them that he wanted indemnity. He reportedly had over $1 million in personal debts and wanted protection. McCartney spoke to his lawyer, John Eastman, then called Lennon to tell him he could have indemnity.

The conversation began friendly enough, but when McCartney began to talk about business, Lennon’s mood soured.

“John said, ‘F***ing indemnity. F***ing this, f***ing that.

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15 Best Music Producers of All Time - Sunday, May 26, 2024

The best music producers are the unsung heroes behind some of the greatest songs and albums in music history. Their role goes far beyond simply pressing record; they are visionaries, collaborators, and sonic architects who shape and mold the raw materials of sound into works of art. These producers possess a keen ear for music, an innate understanding of rhythm and melody, and a mastery of studio technology that allows them to bring out the best in artists and elevate their music to new heights.

What sets the best music producers apart is their ability to translate an artist’s creative vision into a cohesive and compelling sonic experience. They work tirelessly behind the scenes, fine-tuning every aspect of a song or album to perfection, from the arrangement and instrumentation to the mixing and mastering. Their attention to detail and commitment to excellence ensure that every note and sound is precisely crafted and perfectly balanced.

From legendary producers like George Martin and Quincy Jones to modern-day innovators like Rick Rubin and Pharrell Williams, the best music producers leave an indelible mark on the music industry with their groundbreaking work. They are the unsung heroes whose contributions details

“I’m Only Sleeping” stands as one of The Beatles’ songs that was a wee bit too weird for release as a single. But as an album cut on Revolver, it’s a perfect blend of instrumental experimentation and lyrical drollery.

What is the song about? How did it reflect the way that John Lennon liked to spend his free time? And what new recording technique gave the song a boost? Read on to find out all there is to know about “I’m Only Sleeping.”

By the time The Beatles settled in to make Revolver in 1966, their process in the studio had drastically changed. They were taking more and more time to make each record and were fearlessly trying new things. That evolution would really speed up once they quit touring after ’66, but they still tried a ton of new things on Revolver nonetheless.

On “I’m Only Sleeping,” The Beatles added backwards guitar by George Harrison as the key part of the instrumental break. In the book Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now, McCartney explained how the group came up with the idea to utilize what was a new technique at the time after a tape was accidentally threaded onto a player backward:

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono married in 1969 and, four years later, decided they needed a break from one another. They argued with a rising level of intensity and spent all of their time together. As Lennon spoke about how miserable he felt, Ono pitched a temporary separation. She shared how she brought this up to him.

Yoko Ono and John Lennon decided they needed some time apart. In 1973, Lennon and Ono’s situation became unbearable. They fought constantly and spent all of their time together. While they loved each other, they both reached breaking points. Ono said there wasn’t one big, blowout fight before they decided on a separation, though. She quietly suggested a separation when Lennon complained about feeling unhappy.

“One night John and I were lying in bed in the Dakota, and John kept saying how miserable he was, how he needed to get away,” Ono recalled...

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To promote his eighth album Stop And Smell The Roses, Ringo Starr released an 11-minute promotional film, The Cooler, featuring Paul McCartney and a small cast of characters. The film was created to showcase three of the tracks on the album, including two written by McCartney, and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in France on May 24, 1982.

Conceived by McCartney and produced by his company, MPL Communications, The Cooler was filmed in southwest London in mid-January 1981, and directed by ex-10cc and Godley & Creme bandmates Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. The short, set in a dystopian prison policed entirely by women, stars Starr, his wife Barbara Bach, and Paul and Linda McCartney.

Before The Cooler, Starr had already tested his acting skills in the 1968 film Candy, the 1969 comedy The Magic Christian, the surreal Frank Zappa-helmed 200 Motels in 1971, and Lisztomania about the Hungarian composer Franz Liszt.

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While the Beatles’ “Across the Universe” evokes a nirvana-esque image of weightlessly floating through the cosmos, the song’s creation and final production was rife with conflict. As the song’s main composer, John Lennon, would later explain, he first had the idea for the iconic track after a lengthy argument with his first wife, Cynthia Lennon.

The Beatles originally released “Across the Universe” in 1969 as part of a charity compilation titled ‘No One’s Gonna Change Our World.’ One year later, producer Phil Spector encouraged the band to revisit the track for their final studio album, ‘Let It Be.’ Lennon, who likened the process of writing “Across the Universe” to a possession, never felt like the band allowed the song to live up to its full potential.
The Surprising Origins Of The Song’s First Verse

“Across the Universe” emphasizes a feeling of tumbling through zero gravity from the first line, both in lyrical content and meter. Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup, the song begins. They slither wildly as they slip away across the universe. While it wouldn’t be unreasonable to a details

George Harrison was born at 12 Arnold Grove on 25 February 1943. A blue plaque commemorating the life of Beatles legend George Harrison has been unveiled at his childhood home.

His widow Olivia Harrison, who revealed the tribute at the house in Arnold Grove, Liverpool, said it was "a source of family pride".

Harrison lived at the terraced house in the Wavertree district of the city until he was seven. The plaque is one of the first official English Heritage blue plaques to be put on a property outside London.

In his memoirs, Harrison, who was born in 1943, said: “To look at, it is just like Coronation Street: no garden, door straight on to the street. It was OK that house, very pleasant being little and it was always sunny in summer.”

Olivia said Harrison had fond memories of "very tight knit secure family life".  "There was something about these small family places and how you learn to respect other people's space," she said.  "He had a freedom where he could go run down the alley and visit his nan and then back home. That was a big deal for a little five-year-old kid.

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Ringo Starr’s solo career hit heights in the ’70s that even his ex-Beatle bandmates could envy. After that career staggered through the ’80s, Starr tried to bounce back with the 1992 single “Weight of the World,” a song that was a musical throwback, even as its lyrics warned about the dangers of living in the past.

What is “Weight of the World” about? Why was Starr looking for a comeback? And did the single achieve what it set out to do? Find out all the information about a song that’s one of the finest in Starr’s post-Beatles career, even though not a lot of casual fans know much about it.

The late ’80s and early ’90s were prime time for artists who had made their bones in the ’60s and ’70s to deliver comeback albums, often with star-studded casts attached. Ringo Starr was hoping to catch that wave in 1992 with the album Time Takes Time. It was his first album release in nine years.

The previous few in his catalog had failed to light any kind of spark with the listening public. In fact, Starr’s star had fallen so far that his 1983 LP Old Wave failed to earn a release in either the U.S. or UK. Even with Time Takes Time, details

The childhood home of George Harrison is available for people to stay in as an Airbnb.

The Beatles guitarist moved into the terraced house at 25 Upton Green in Speke in 1949 when he was six years old, and remained there until the 1960s. It was during his time at the house George met Paul McCartney and John Lennon, and the three held some of their first rehearsals there.

Wanting to share his passion with other music fans, Ken Lambert, from New Hampshire, bought the house when it went under the hammer with Omega Auctions in 2022. Since then, he has added a mural on the outside of the rear garden and added props throughout the rooms.

Ken told the ECHO: "I’m a massive fan of The Beatles - especially George, so that’s why I decided to buy the place. I spent a few months getting it ready in 2022 before opening it to fans, fixing the decor and making it more interesting for fans. We have added some great photo opportunities as well.

“It’s been great to share my passion with others and I love seeing people being able to enjoy it. Reading the reviews from fans, of people who have stayed overnight, is great. It’s nice to see so many people appreciate and love it as much as I d details

Relive the music of iconic songwriter, musician and founding member of the Beatles in Crystal Lake this summer.

SoundTracks of a Generation presents “The Lennon Project,” a 100-minute retrospective of the songs and life of John Lennon, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Raue Center for the Arts.

According to a news release from the Raue Center, the show will feature Jay Goeppner assuming the role of Lennon. Together with his SoundTracks band, Goeppner will take the audience on a chronological soundscape of Lennon’s career, from his time with the Beatles to his solo work.

The first half of the show will cover the Beatles’ decision to stop touring and focus on music composed in the studio, leading to iconic albums like “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Rubber Soul,” “Revolver,” “The Beatles,” “Abbey Road” and the rooftop concert for “Let It Be.”

The second half of the show will delve into Lennon’s solo career, featuring songs from The Plastic Ono Band to his signature albums “Imagine,” “Sometime In New York City,” “Mind Games,” “Walls & Bridge details

Of all the things one might see on a shift as an Indiana state trooper, a lone Ringo Starr asking for a joy ride in your cop car isn’t likely top of mind. But such was the case for three lucky policemen who chose to remain nameless when the Indianapolis Star first reported on the strange encounter in September 1964. (After all, there were probably rules about giving celebrities tours of the city while on duty.)

The Beatles had made their way to the Hoosier State to perform at the State Fair Coliseum in the capital city on September 3, where they played to nearly 30,000 people. With Beatlemania on the rise, the quartet opted to stay in unsuspectingly humble accommodations at the Speedway Motel. That’s where the state troopers first encountered Starr, sitting by himself outside of the motel.
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Per the Indianapolis Star, the Liverpudlian drummer approached the group of policemen and said, “Can’t sleep, chums. Suppose we could go for a bit of a ride in the country?” While Beatlemania was still on the rise, Starr and the rest of his bandmates were certainly well-recognized celebrities by this point, and the Indiana state troopers happil details

The John Lennon Estate and Universal Music have announced a reissue of John Lennon's 1973 album Mind Games in expanded Ultimate Collection editions on July 12.

The Lennon Estate and Universal Music note that the upcoming six-CD and two Blu-ray collection deluxe box set offers "an immersive, deep listening experience and in-depth exploration of this classic, yet underappreciated record."

The deluxe edition, which is authorized by Yoko Ono Lennon and produced by Sean Ono Lennon, is from the same audio team that worked on the critically acclaimed Imagine and John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band Ultimate Collections. This team includes triple Grammy-Award winning engineer Paul Hicks and mixers/engineers Sam Gannon and Rob Stevens.

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With an assist from Paul McCartney the Paralympic Games is starting its 100-day race to the opening ceremony in Paris on Aug. 28. The former Beatle has let “We All Stand Together” be used in an International Paralympic Committee promotional film. It’s the signature tune from an award-winning animated film McCartney wrote and produced 40 years ago. IPC president Andrew Parsons says “Sir Paul really understands what we stand for as a movement and he was so generous to us.” The Paris Paralympics opens Aug. 28 with a ceremony on the Champs-Élysées and Place de la Concorde.

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 The Beatles: Get Back doc shows the band's final days recording Let It Be and culminates in their iconic rooftop concert.
The series dispels rumors of infighting but doesn't shy away from tensions among the band members.
John Lennon's shift towards activism and McCartney's struggles to keep the band together are highlighted in the documentary.

Peter Jackson's ambitious The Beatles: Get Back documentary series premiered on HBO in 2021. It had a total of three episodes, with eight hours of footage showing how The Beatles' final album Let It Be was made. Much of Get Back's archival footage has been pulled (and restored) directly from Michael Lindsay-Hogg's 1970 documentary about the album's making. Originally conceived as a feature film, The Beatles: Get Back is now dedicated to Hogg's original work, which forms the backbone of Jackson's poignant documentary.

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We’re guessing there are other candidates that can stake a claim, but it’s hard to think off the top of our heads of any band or artist ever having a better recording year than The Beatles did in 1967. Fresh off their decision to cease touring, they focused their energies on the studio and released masterpiece after masterpiece.

We decided to dive into that impressive year and rank the five best songs that the Fab Four delivered in that magical 12-month stretch. See if you agree with our choices.


5. “All You Need Is Love”

Amidst what was an incredibly busy year, The Beatles had to find time to write a song for a satellite television special that would be shown worldwide, since they were Great Britain’s representatives on the show. John Lennon rose to the occasion by delivering the message the world needed to hear, and still does. No, the recording isn’t the most dynamic, since the circumstances forced a kind of simplicity onto it. But that just means that everything gets out of the way so that Lennon can explain how nothing else matters if you have love in tow.


4. “She’s Leaving Home”

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The ex-wife of former-Beatle Paul McCartney is being sued by her hairstylist for failure to pay for more than a dozen $5,000 haircuts, according to court documents.

Celebrity hairstylist David Miramontes, who goes professionally by the name David Paul, claims that he began providing Heather Mills (pictured at left) haircuts in 2005, during an effort by the former model to revive her career, reports TMZ.com. Mills' moves included appearances on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."

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t must have been quite a heavy load for Ringo Starr to carry as the Beatles changed the course of rock music. Starr has had a front-row seat for it all as the drummer in the band. Starr and Paul McCartney are the remaining live members of the Beatles. They have a deep kinship that was formed back during the active days of the Fab Four.

“Yeah, they know me,” Ringo Starr told AARP. “Paul loves me as much as I love him. He’s the brother I never had. As an only child, suddenly I got three brothers. We looked out for each other. We all went mad at different times. You can’t imagine what it was like, being in the Beatles. It got bigger and crazier.”

He even recalls the first time he heard the band on a record. “We were playing clubs, and then we made a record, Love Me Do. My God, there’s nothing bigger than that, our first vinyl. We found out the BBC was going to play Love Me Do at 2:17, or whatever time it was, and we pulled the car over. ‘Wow! We’re on the radio, man!'”

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George Harrison is known by many for the profound, questing nature of his songwriting. But he also often displayed a whimsical side that showed that he didn’t ever take himself too seriously. “Crackerbox Palace,” a Top-20 hit for Harrison in 1976, managed to touch on both extremes in his artistic arsenal.

What is the song about? And how did a chance meeting inspire it? Let’s find out about how George Harrison happened upon “Crackerbox Palace.”

George Harrison had formed his label Dark Horse Records in 1974, but wasn’t able to record anything on it until his contract with EMI ran out. 33 1/3, the album Harrison released in 1976 that included “Crackerbox Palace,” would be the first release on the Dark Horse label that would be used exclusively for Harrison releases in the future.

Harrison recorded the album at a studio he had built on his Friar’s Park estate in England. And he served as a host to his bandmates, who actually lived on the grounds while the record was being made. That collegial atmosphere worked its way into the record, one of the gentlest and most good-natured of his career.

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Songwriting inspiration can come from anywhere – but the realms of sleep are perhaps the most mysterious. It it the subconscious or something more? The not knowing is part of the magic, and dream-inspired songwriting has given birth to some absolute classics.

Whether it's a line, hook, riff or a whole song the writer wakes up to capture before it slips away again, we're here to look at the top 40 songs that owe their existence to 40 winks.
1. Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me) – Train (Pat Monahan)

The US band's 2001 hit and Grammy-winner Drops Of Jupiter took a deeper dimension for listeners when its genesis was revealed by vocalist Pat Monahan. It was the band's breakthrough hit, but its inspiration came at a bittersweet price.

"I would give it back," Pat Monahan candidly told the Daily Blast in 2022. "I lost my mother that year so that's why the song was written. So I'd give the song back if I could still call my mom but it was a great gift that she gave me."

She came to me in a dream

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The Beatles were the biggest band of the 20th century, and part of their success came from their abundance of attitude. Some of the band members, notably John Lennon, were quite opinionated and unafraid to share those opinions with a world that was always listening. With that openness to speak their mind came the occasional sour opinion about fellow musicians. And with that, here are three musicians and bands that The Beatles said that they weren’t very fond of.

1. Blood, Sweat & Tears

John Lennon famously said that he rarely ever listened to major artists, notably the top ten artists in the world.

“Only when I’m recording or about to bring something out will I listen [to the top ten],” Lennon said in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine back in 1971. “Just before I record, I go buy a few albums to see what people are doing. Whether they have improved any, or whether anything happened. And nothing’s really happened”.

Lennon went on to say some pretty strong things about Blood, Sweat & Tears, who were in their heyday at the time.

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